When diet and exercise isn’t enough, a new ultrasound device may help to zap that super stubborn fat.
I’ve always felt strong and fit in my body. For workouts, I ride 30-plus miles on my bike, swim half a mile, and regularly rotate between barre, yoga and Spin classes. I’ve never paid much attention to the scale. I believed that since I was exercising and making (mostly) healthy food choices, I didn’t need to focus on weight. Right?
Then a dress felt snug before a friend’s wedding last spring. I blamed it on hormones, too much salt, even the innocent dry cleaner. I had become blind to the fact that I’d been relying on Spanx and flowy dresses rather than realize my clothing wasn’t fitting right. So I stepped up my workouts and eliminated processed carbs. I skipped dessert and avoided alcohol. But six weeks later I still had a pouch.
That’s how I ended up in the Manhattan office of dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, M.D. with a device the size of an ostrich egg sitting on my stomach. I was there to test out UltraShape, a recently FDA-cleared machine that promises to blast away stubborn fat—the subcutaneous type that exercise and diet alone can’t tackle.
Unlike other popular body contouring procedures, UltraShape doesn’t require extreme heat or cold to destroy fat: instead, it harnesses ultrasound waves, which “shake the fat cells until the membranes collapse,” explains Dr. Gross. Then the destroyed fat cell particles are filtered through the liver and digested through the body—just like fat from a meal. Interestingly, this process doesn’t harm any of your tissues, blood vessels or nerves, so there’s no recovery time. For that reason, Dr. Gross considers UltraShape a “game-changer” in nonsurgical treatments. Read more